Adopt a school is a campaign designed to foster and build a relationship between Minnesota public schools and ARAHA. Through the campaign, the school will get an opportunity to connect to the Horn of Africa region through different projects.
Many schools have service learning project that their students take as a requirement or as an optional course. This is a great opportunity to engage students on a project that will show them that they can make an impact not just on a community level, but on a global scale.
Opportunity for the school:
These campaign will provide the school students, teachers, and staff an opportunity to learn cultures from the Horn of Africa, raise awareness about different issues pertaining to the region, or raise funds. The school and students will be able to choose the focus of their campaign; In the end, the feeling the students gets from sense of accomplishment, inspiration, motivation, knowledge, teamwork, and increase in cultural competence far weights any funds they generate.
Sense of accomplishment for students and staff participating; knowing that their efforts will make an impact in the Horn of Africa, no matter how small or large it may be.
Opportunity for students to get their credit for service learning project.
Students and staff will gain a better understanding, and knowledge of these countries where many students in Minnesota public schools come from. Thus, building bridges of understanding and care.
Based on the campaign, students will be able to unite and rally behind a cause.
As you know, School meals play a large role in keeping students in school, fighting malnutrition, and keeping them focused. For many students across the world, school lunch will be the only wholesome meal of the day that they will have. And in many places in the Horn of Africa region where poverty is the norm, most schools can’t afford to provide meals for their students.
Our goal is to partner with your school to provide lunches for students in schools in the Horn of Africa, Specially from schools in rural, IDP, or refugee camps. Where student in that part of the world don’t have the privilege, we have here of having a healthy, nutritional meal for breakfast or lunch while they are at the school. Most of the children they come to school without a decent breakfast that if they have one. ARAHA initiate a pilot project to help change the situation by providing a lunch or breakfast to students especially in the remote areas in the Horn of Africa. Last year we, at ARAHA, established this program as a pilot project in 2 schools, then this year we were able to expand it into a total of 7 schools. We are hoping that together we can help more schools to start providing healthy breakfast or lunches to their students.
The school with its student body will adopt a school in the Horn of Africa to provide daily breakfast or lunches in schools where none of these two meals are provided.
This will help the students to focus on schooling and follow their teachers during lecture, increase retention and attendance in the school and improve the academic achievements for each student.
We are hoping each student can save 50 cents a day, up to $10 a month to help a fellow student in the Horn of Africa to have breakfast/lunch while in school like him or her.
ARAHA will Make a 5 minutes presentation about the lunch program including a short video in the cafeteria during the students’ lunch time.
The adopted school will:
ARAHA was established in the year 2000 as a not for profit organization in Minnesota with tax-exempt No. 41-1989714. ARAHA has 5 field offices (2 in Somalia, 1 in Kenya, 1 in Ethiopia, and 1 in Sudan). Each office is fully staffed. In addition, the highly acclaimed Charity Navigator rated ARAHA among the top 8% of US charities in transparency and accountability. The Charities Review Council also awarded ARAHA their prestigious “Meet the Standards” seal for accountability and transparency.
We are hoping to partner with your organization on this healthy and educational effort to help the new generations in the Horn of Africa region to gain a quality education and turn their lives, as well as the lives of their families, around. In a generation, we can move a population from being reliant on aid to providing for themselves, their families, communities, towns and villages, and their country.